U.S. Builders of Large Ships


The shipbuilders listed in this section operate (or used to operate) mid-sized to large shipyards building oceangoing vessels, including naval ships and submarines, cargo ships, passenger ships, other special-purpose commercial or governmental ships, and offshore drilling rigs.  In addition, they all have (or had) a significant record of performance, involving more than a few years and more than a few ships.  The first of the two groups in this table includes the two companies whose five shipyards collectively build all the Navy's big ships and submarines, plus the eight "second tier" companies whose 15 shipyards build commercial ships, rigs and/or oceangoing government ships that are smaller and less expensive than those built by the "big two".  The second group in this table consists of the 38 companies whose 60 shipyards are no longer active in the shipbuilding market but which, in my judgment, would be included in the first group if they were still around.  Note that the recent downturn in the market means that some of the yards in this table that were active quite recently are now idle: I plan to keep them in the table, however, until it is clear that they are no longer operable. 

U.S. BUILDERS OF LARGE SHIPS (80)

Parent Company

Shipyard

Location

State

Active (20)

Austal

Austal USA

Mobile

AL

Bollinger Shipyards

Bollinger Lockport

Lockport

LA

Bollinger Marine Fabricators (formerly McDermott SB)

Amelia

LA

Edison Chouest Offshore

North American Shipbuilding

Larose

LA

La Ship (formerly North American Fabricators)

Houma

LA

Gulf Ship

Gulfport

MS

Tampa Ship (formerly Tampa Shipyards, Tampa Bay SB)

Tampa

FL

Fincantieri USA

Bay Shipbuilding (formerly Christy Corp.)

Sturgeon Bay

WI

Marinette Marine

Marinette

WI

General Dynamics

Bath Iron Works

Bath

ME

Electric Boat

Groton

CT

NASSCO

San Diego

CA

Huntington Ingalls

Newport News Shipbuilding

Newport News

VA

Ingalls Shipbuilding

Pascagoula

MS

Keppel O. & M.

AMFELS (formerly Marathon LeTourneau)

Brownsville

TX

Philly Shipyard

Philly SY (formerly Aker Phila., Kvaerner Phila., Philadelphia NSY)

Philadelphia

PA

Vigor Industrial

Vigor Seattle (formerly Todd Seattle)

Seattle

WA

VT Halter Marine

VT Halter Marine Pascagoula (formerly Halter Pascagoula)

Pascagoula

MS

VT Halter Marine Moss Point (formerly Halter Moss Point)

Moss Point

MS

VT Halter Marine Escatawpa (formerly Moss Point Marine)

Escatawpa

MS

Inactive (60)

BAE Systems

ADDSCO (later Atlantic Marine Alabama, now BAE Systems Southeast - Alabama)

Mobile

AL

Dillingham Corp.

Albina Engine & Machine Works

Portland

OR

U.S. Steel Corp.

American Bridge

Ambridge

PA

The American Ship Building Company

AmShip Buffalo (formerly Buffalo Dry Dock)

Buffalo

NY

AmShip Chicago (formerly Chicago SB)

Chicago

IL

AmShip Cleveland (formerly Globe Iron Works)

Cleveland

OH

AmShip Detroit (formerly Detroit SB)

Detroit

MI

AmShip Lorain (formerly Cleveland SB)

Lorain

OH

AmShip Superior (formerly American Steel Barge and Superior SB)

Superior

WI

Avondale Industries

Avondale Shipyards

New Orleans

LA

Bender Shipbuilding

Bender Shipbuilding

Mobile

AL

Bethlehem Steel Corporation

Bethlehem Key Highway (formerly Baltimore DD & SB)

Baltimore

MD

Bethlehem Beaumont (formerly Pennsylvania SY)

Beaumont

TX

Bethlehem Elizabethport (formerly Crescent SY)

Elizabethport

NJ

Bethlehem Quincy (formerly Fore River SB, later GD Quincy)

Quincy and Squantum

MA

Bethlehem San Francisco (formerly Union Iron Works)

San Francisco and Alameda

CA

Bethlehem San Pedro (formerly Southwestern SB)

San Pedro

CA

Bethlehem Sparrows Point (formerly Maryland Steel)

Sparrows Point

MD

Bethlehem Staten Island (formerly Staten Island SB)

Staten Island

NY

Bethlehem Wilmington (formerly Harlan & Hollingsworth, later Dravo Wilmington)

Wilmington

DE

Butler Shipbuilders

Butler Shipbuilders, Inc. (formerly McDougall-Duluth)

Duluth

MN

Craig Shipbuilding

Toledo Shipbuilding (formerly Craig SB)

Toledo

OH

Long Beach Shipbuilding (formerly Craig SB)

Long Beach

CA

Cramp Shipbuilding

Cramp Shipbuilding

Philadelphia

PA

Defoe Shipbuilding

Defoe Shipbuilding (formerly Defoe Boat & Motor Works)

Bay City

MI

Delaware River Iron SB

Delaware River Iron Shipbuilding (Roach's Shipyard, formerly Reaney, Son & Archbold, later Merchant SB)

Chester

PA

Dravo Corporation

Dravo Pittsburgh - Self-Propelled Vessels

Pittsburgh

PA

Dravo Pittsburgh - Barges

Pittsburgh

PA

Dravo Wilmington (formerly Harlan & Hollingsworth, Bethlehem Wilmington)

Wilmington

DE

Federal Shipbuilding

Federal Shipbuilding Kearny

Kearny

NJ

Federal Shipbuilding Newark

Newark

NJ

Great Lakes Engineering

Great Lakes Engineering Ashtabula

Ashtabula

OH

Great Lakes Engineering Ecorse

Ecorse

MI

Great Lakes Engineering St. Clair

St. Clair

MI

Gulf Shipbuilding

Gulf Shipbuilding (formerly Chickasaw SB, later Halter Chickasaw)

Chickasaw

AL

Ingalls Iron Works

Ingalls Iron Works

Decatur

AL

Lake Torpedo Boat

Lake Torpedo Boat Co.

Bridgeport

CT

Cameron International

LeTourneau Inc. (formerly Marathon LeTourneau)

Vicksburg

MS

Levingston Industries

Levingston Shipbuilding

Orange

TX

Gulfport Shipbuilding (formerly Gulfport Boiler & Welding Works)

Port Arthur

TX

Lockheed Corp.

Lockheed Shipbuilding (formerly Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging)

Seattle

WA

Manitowoc Corp.

Manitowoc Shipbuilding

Manitowoc

WI

Marietta Mfg.

Marietta Manufacturing

Point Pleasant

WV

Maryland SB & DD

Maryland Shipbuilding & Dry Dock (formerly Globe SB)

Baltimore

MD

Merrill-Stevens Eng.

Merrill-Stevens Engineering (later Jacksonville Shipyards)

Jacksonville

FL

Moore Dry Dock

Moore Dry Dock (formerly Moore SB)

Oakland

CA

New York Shipbuilding

New York Shipbuilding Company

Camden

NJ

Peterson Builders

Peterson Builders (formerly Peterson Boat Works)

Sturgeon Bay

WI

Pusey & Jones

Pusey & Jones

Wilmington

DE

Pack & Kahn

Seatrain Shipbuilding (formerly New York NSY)

Brooklyn

NY

Southern Shipbuilding

Southern Shipbuilding (formerly Canulette SB)

Slidell

LA

Sun Oil

Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company

Chester

PA

Tacoma Boatbuilding

Tacoma Boatbuilding

Tacoma

WA

Tampa Shipbuilding

Tampa Shipbuilding (TASCO)

Tampa

FL

Tampa Shipyards

Tampa Shipyards (later Tampa Bay Shipbuilding)

Tampa

FL

Todd Shipyards

Todd Galveston (formerly Gray's Iron Works)

Galveston

TX

Todd Houston (formerly Brown Shipbuilding)

Houston

TX

Todd Los Angeles (formerly Los Angeles Shipbuilding)

San Pedro

CA

Todd Tacoma (formerly Sea-Tac Shipbuilding)

Tacoma

WA

Welding Shipyards

Welding Shipyards

Norfolk

VA

Western Pipe & Steel

Western Pipe & Steel San Pedro

San Pedro

CA

Western Pipe & Steel South San Francisco

South San Fran.

CA